“Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.”

Martin Luther

The music ministry of Kathwood Baptist Church is carried out by members of the congregation in corporate worship, in the leading of and participating in choirs, in teaching children to sing, and in playing instruments. The goal of the music ministry is to unite the congregation in worship and in song, singing our theology, sharing our experiences, and celebrating our future. The music ministry is led by Burt Pardue.

Chancel Choir

The Chancel Choir at Kathwood performs a wide repertoire each year. Sacred anthems, hymn arrangements, and works by American composers and arrangers are also used in worship. Works by Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn, and others as well as traditional church music composers and contemporary “art” music composers are often a part of worship. Our church music ministry provides opportunities for the congregation to enjoy the music of brass and string ensembles, the harp, and other fine guest musicians. Soloists and ensembles from within the choir are also able to provide special music for worship. Our Chancel Choir participates in Festival by the Sea each year.
Our current rehearsal list can be found here.

The Chancel Choir rehearses at 7:15pm each Wednesday evening and is open to adults and older youth.

Music Scholars

Our Music Scholars program provides scholarships for college choral music majors and organ majors.
Opportunities for Choral Scholars include section leadership, conducting, worship leadership, and solo and ensemble singing.
Opportunities for the Organ Scholar includes accompanying choirs and congregation and playing service music.
If you are interested in applying for a position, please visit this page: Music Scholars Program


Music Ministry to Children and Youth

As Christians, we consider music to be one of God’s great gifts to be used for the enrichment of our lives and for the enhancement of our worship of God. It is our responsibility as church musicians and parents, together with Bible study, mission education, and worship education, to nurture children in the Christian faith and in the expression of that faith through the medium of music. With these basic beliefs as a foundation, our philosophy can best be described as child-centered, process-oriented, and participation-based in contrast to adult-centered, product-oriented, and performance-based.

  • We believe in a child-centered approach to teaching church music. Musical selections and activities are carefully planned with concentration on the child’s developmental, spiritual, and musical needs.
  • We believe that if the weekly process of teaching is sound, the learning will result in an authentic product.
  • We believe in a participation-based curriculum rather than a performance-based curriculum. The music brought into worship will represent the public sharing of that which is happening both musically and in areas of Christian growth within the music group. It will be offered as worship of God.

Our Youth Choir participates in Festival by the Sea each year.
More about our Youth Choir > >

The Musical Arts Series

Kathwood Baptist Church has long been involved in the music community. Many members have participated in community choral groups, instrumental ensembles, and special musical events. In Spring 2016 a concert series, The Musical Arts, was begun as a way to contribute to the music life of our church and our community. This series includes performances featuring instrumentalists, pianists, organists, vocal ensembles, and choral organizations.

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Community Groups

Kathwood is proud to host concerts for both Columbia area music ensembles and visiting/touring groups. Guest ensembles have included Árpád Darázs Singers, Columbia Choral Society, Colla Voce, Greater Columbia Children’s Choirs, Sandlapper Singers, and several solo performers. Touring choirs from across the United States have also participated in worship and offered concerts.